The way you volunteer may have changed during the coronavirus pandemic, but we are still incredibly grateful for whatever you can do to support those we care for.

Despite the easing of restrictions, there are still important government guidelines for anyone who volunteers.

You can volunteer if:

  • You are feeling well and don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • No-one in your household has coronavirus symptoms
  • You are under 70 years old
  • You are not pregnant
  • You don’t have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus 

Everyone who volunteers should continue to practice good hand hygiene and comply with the rules around social distancing and wearing a mask where required. If you, or anyone you live with, starts to show symptoms, you must stay at home. 

If you are 70 or over

In normal circumstances, anyone over 14 can volunteer with Mountbatten. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, anyone who is aged 70 or over will need to follow the government’s public health advice

Guidance from the Cabinet Office states: This Guidance is for the general public who are fit and well. Some people, including those aged 70 and over, and those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. 

“As we begin to ease restrictions, this group, who are clinically vulnerable, should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their households.”

Some volunteering roles have been adapted to make them safer for these vulnerable groups. For example, since the beginning of the lockdown, some of our older volunteers have stayed safe at home and supported patients and families over the phone

We continue to regularly monitor the changing advice from the government, and we look forward to welcoming back all of our volunteers as soon as we can.  

How to apply to volunteer

You may have seen our recent appeals for more volunteers to support our charity shops across the Island. This is because some of our regular volunteers fall into the categories that the government advises are clinically vulnerable.

If you have some time to spare over the summer, you can register to volunteer on our website. We also regularly share details of volunteering opportunities on our Facebook page.